Saw some new polling data on Representative Fred Upton today from the National Resources Defence Council Action Fund:
62% of Upton’s constituents believe that the EPA “needs to do more to hold polluters accountable and protect the air and water.” Only 33% believe that “EPA does too much and places too many costly restrictions on businesses and individuals.”
53% of Upton’s constituents believe that the EPA should set “new standards with stricter limits on air pollution,” while 33% oppose this, and 13% have no opinion.
When phrased more specifically–i.e. in terms of Upton’s bill that would block the EPA from regulating CO2 emissions–54% believe that Congress should not interfere with the EPA’s regulations.
Damning stuff for Fred. That hasn’t stopped windmill tilters like Marlo Lewis from (without seeing most of the actual poll questions) dismissing the poll as biased.
Perhaps most worrisome of all, though, is that 49% of voters said that Upton’s EPA bill makes it less likely that they’ll support him in the next election (Worth noting: the poll was split 29%/29%/42% Democrat/Republican/Independent).
The real question, though, the un-asked question (in this poll, at least) is: Who are the Kalamazoo/St. Joseph’s/Benton Harbor Democrats going to put up to walk through this open door? Who is going to run against him?